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Heyday Television, the joint venture of producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Paddington) and NBCUniversal International Studios, on Tuesday said it has named Tom Winchester president of Heyday Television U.K.
The former creative director of DNA Films and TV, the banner behind the likes of Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland and Ex Machina, will join the company in January. “Winchester will work closely with Heyman to grow Heyday Television’s slate of high-end scripted series and will lead the U.K. business,” the company said.
Winchester is currently producing Shogun, a 10-part series for FX based on the international best-seller by James Clavell. He joined DNA Films in 2014 to set up the TV unit via a first-look deal with the Fox Network Group.
Heyday Television is behind the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song, starring Tamara Lawrence, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden. Its U.S. arm began production in October on The InBetween, a procedural drama for NBC. And this winter, Heyday Television will begin production on The Capture, a conspiracy thriller for BBC One about the world of misinformation and fake news. Written and directed by Ben Channan, it will star Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner.
Heyman and Winchester’s first hire for Heyday Television U.K. is Anna Hargreaves, who will serve as development executive. She previously worked at Sky Drama for three years as development editor.
“From my first meeting with Tom, I felt strongly that we shared a creative vision,” said Heyman. Added Winchester: “I don’t think there are many people in the U.K. or U.S. who don’t know and love David’s work. His taste and talent relationships are second to none, and it is an absolute honor to be joining him and NBCUniversal as they embark on the next stage of their joint venture into television.”
Said Jeff Wachtel, president, NBCUniversal International Studios: “With Tom leading the U.K. Heyday team, we look forward to even more smart, ambitious, quality television from this world-class production company.”
Earlier in his career, Winchester was part of the team that developed and produced Totsi, South Africa’s first and only winner in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars.
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